Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.
It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.
I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.
Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.
To disarm the people is the best and most effectual
Way to enslave them.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
The power to tax is the power to destroy.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
An editor is one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the chaff.
If we have learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot Federalize Virtue.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
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